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  • START HERE: The Team

    Lawyers helping lawyers do good and do well.

    Alix Devendra, JD

    START HERE Co-Organizer

    Alix is a Design Strategist. After practicing at a large firm, Alix decided that there must be a better way to deliver legal advice. She saw room for improvement everywhere—from the formatting of briefs to the tradition of billing by the hour.


    She left law practice to focus on teaching lawyers how to leverage design principles to communicate more effectively. In addition to teaching lawyers design thinking, Alix also consults for legal-tech startups, who value her lawyerly (yet still innovative) perspective.


    More recently she has focused on bringing responsive organization design to the law, helping legal teams articulate their greater purpose, share information and learnings openly, and respond rapidly to the changing demands of their clients.


    In her previous life, Alix practiced labor-and-employment law at an AmLaw 100 firm in San Francisco. She graduated first in her class from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French literature from Pomona College.


    Based out of Portland, Oregon, Alix travels the world speak about legal design, facilitate workshops, and consult with clients on site.


    Find Alix on Twitter: @alixdevendra

    Reach Alix: alix@startherehq.com

    John Grant, JD

    START HERE Co-Organizer

    John E. Grant is passionate about helping lawyers and legal teams harness 21st-century tools to build profitable, efficient practices. He believes a relentless focus on delivering customer value and a commitment to measurable outcomes are the keys to lasting success.


    John coaches his clients on business process and technology optimization. Known as the Agile Attorney, John teaches legal teams of all sizes to harness Lean process improvement and Agile project management to measurably and sustainably improve their operations. He is a Fellow of the International Institute of Legal Project Management and a certified Legal Project Practitioner.


    Before starting his legal career, John spent nearly a decade with a software company that used outside-the-box thinking and superior technology to disrupt and consolidate an industry. He has not only seen, but helped drive innovation through business model optimization and cross-functional communication. He is passionate about understanding customer value at every opportunity, whether it be as a lawyer, a consultant, or a coach.


    John recently co-chaired the Futures Task Force of the Oregon State Bar and, beginning in 2018, will be a member of the Bar's Board of Governors. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School where he was Editor-in-chief of the Law Review.


    Find John on Twitter: @JEGrant3

    Reach John: john@startherehq.com

    Cat Moon, MA JD

    START HERE Co-Organizer

    A human-centered designer and lawyer, Cat coaches and consults with attorneys, firms, and legal departments in workflow design, communication strategy, change management, and work/life alignment.


    Practicing law since 1998, she co-founded the first all-woman, paperless, tech-driven firm in Tennessee in 2006. Since then, Cat has combined project management, kanban, technology, and design thinking to help lawyers leverage their superpowers and create practices that align purpose, profitability, and passion.


    Cat teaches (legal) design thinking and Agile project management at Vanderbilt Law School, her alma mater, where she also co-organizes the Music City Legal Hackers group and produces the Summit on Law and Innovation. She regularly contributes to the ABA’s Legal Technology Today blog, writing there and elsewhere about legal technology, blockchain, kanban and Agile project management, design thinking, and work/life alignment.


    As a certified Legal Project Practitioner and Fellow of the International Institute for Legal Project Management (IILPM), Cat holds the only internationally-recognized designation as an expert practitioner and consultant in legal project management and through LPM Alignment offers the only globally-recognized training for IILPM certification in North America.


    Cat is co-founder and Chief Design Officer of Legal Alignment, a technology company developing DASH, the world's first AI-augmented, interoperable legal productivity platform, currently in closed beta.


    Based out of Nashville, Cat travels the world helping law students and lawyers hone their unique superpowers through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and consulting.


    Reach her at cat@startherehq.com, and find her on Twitter, @inspiredcat.

  • The START HERE blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations on designing a productive, happy life in the law.

    Alix Devendra and Cat Moon presented at the International Legal Design Summit in Helsinki in November 2017. They were asked by Legal Business World magazine to write about the summit for their November issue. The original article can be viewed here. The bold prediction of the Legal Design...
    Just kidding! There is no magic wand. (Sorry.) Not to say that I haven’t looked for one. Who hasn’t? To wit, the first question asked in a Start Here Office Hour Webinar: How do you stick with a productivity system? (Because we all adopt them and start off gung-ho and ready for mind-bending...
    “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” - Annie Dillard Stressed out. Burned out. Maxed out. Which one of these are you, today? (Or, which of these are you not?) You have too much on your plate. Too many fires to put out. Too many people demanding your attention.  ...
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